Novel Writing Course Online Review

Online Writing Course Review

Everyone has read the stories about John Grisham and Frederick Forsyth, two authors who wrote best sellers with their first novel. Enthusiastic writers point out that Grisham had no formal training and just wrote by the seat of his pants, without any form of novel writing course online to help him! Forsyth, on the hand, wrote his novel ‘Day of the Jackal‘ in 30 days and we all know the rest of the story. Here’s the rub folks – it ain’t going to happen! The market for new novels in all genres is incredibly crowded today, and a new author […]

Beginner’s Guide To Open G Guitar Tuning

Introduction To Open Guitar Tuning Open guitar tunings have been around for a long time and probably originated in the Mississippi Delta, where the blues were born. Strangely enough, many guitar players think it’s an advanced technique, something to get into when you’re an accomplished player, but this isn’t the case. The early blues players used it because it was a simplified way of playing guitar. It was easier to tune and keep in tune in the hot, humid conditions in the American Deep South, and it also lends itself to playing slide guitar, a tradition handed down from a […]

How To Write Characters For Creative Fiction

Writing characters

Effective character development is not absolutely essential. If you read Greek mythology, those characters are minimally developed. We hardly know anything about them they. Don’t stand out as individuals. Someone can create a great story without working too much on exactly who their characters are and make them resemble as much as they can, real life, breathing, walking human beings. But there is a great percentage of a potential audience that is interested in what is called three-dimensional characters. So there is a character that is described as flat, or there is a character that is described as three-dimensional, and […]

How To Plot A Novel – Plotter Or Pantser?

How To Plot A Novel -Featured

The debate goes on – how to plot a novel for success? Plotters tend to stick to a formula, to make sure that all the story elements are in place, while Pantsers say that it stifles creativity. As with most points of view, there is merit in both sides of the argument and it also depends on the writer’s personality. Some say that they can’t even write the first line until they know what the last line of their novel is. Others say they like the thrill of not knowing where the story is going or what the characters are […]

How To Write A Short Film Script – Tips

How To Write A Short Movie Script Fast

I posted two videos for this post, presenting ideas from two different kinds of movie professionals. The first delivers 10 tips for writing a short film script based on a budget of ‘zero’, or at least, very little. Mark Hertzler makes some very good points, the biggest one being the fact that, if you are the writer AND film-maker, then what you write is directly affected by your resources. Basically, you try to make do with whatever you have at hand and really cut down on the expenses. It sounds a bit lame, but some of the best award-winning short movies […]

How To Write A Novel Outline – Writing A Book Outline

How To Outline A Story Or Novel

For this post, I chose a video that explains how to outline a story. Some authors miss out on this important step and try to just write by the seat of their pants. It can work (John Grisham did it) but for most of us mere mortal writers, planning the structure of our novel with a clear outline is vital to it’s flow and success. How To Outline A Story – 3 Acts : 9 Blocks : 27 Chapters Hello – different kind of video today. This is a computer screen recording, so I didn’t have to brush my hair, […]

Ideas For Writing A Book – Author’s Inspiration

How To Find Book Ideas

There’s oodles of advice on the internet and elsewhere about planning a novel’s structure and analysing everything from plot to characters,  but where does the original idea for writing a book come from? Does it arrive in a flash of inspiration or the result of hard work and brainstorming? By all accounts, it seems to be a combination of both – this is the real world folks, nothing is black or white! The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be one way or the other. The craft of writing adapts nicely to every author’s whim. Personally, I […]

Help Writing A Book For Beginners & Beyond

Help In Book Writing

With the best will in the world, writing a book is hard. No, let me re-phrase that – writing a good book that’s worth publishing is hard. Writing is easy. Anyone can write and that is a problem with the industry at the moment. Millions of average books are appearing every week due to the ease of self-publishing. A good idea is to get help writing a book from people who have done it before. There are loads of books to help with writing a book and these can be a boon, but the good coaching can make or break your authoring […]

How To Write A Novel Step By Step

Step by step novel writing guide

For a new author, writing a novel is similar to climbing a mountain. It’s worthwhile asking yourself how you might do that, if you had to? Like all large projects, it needs to be done in a structured way, if the project is to be completed. Novel writing is a step by step process, and although formulae exist, there is sufficient flexibility to cater for an author’s particular tastes and way of working. Some authors are ‘Pantsers’, so called because they like to fly by the seat of their pants, using the flow of consciousness to create the story. This […]

Writing A Movie Script

Writing a movie script

This is the second video from Dr Allen, Film Studies Professor, Pittsburgh, PA, where he explains the last 5 of his 10 principles of writing a movie script. You can see the first video here. Number six – this is something where it’s almost like icing on the cake. You want to ground each scene through things that you add that are relatable, quirky and unique to your own voice. These are those little touches that go beyond cliche, that go beyond the work of an amateur and that add just that special something, that special detail that separates you […]